Executive Director

Matt Hoggle became the Center’s Executive Director in June 2022. A proud lifelong learner, Matt has over fifteen years’ experience in non-profit art and craft education with more than twelve years in administration. A childhood interest in film and photography led to a BS from the University of Florida focusing on video and audio production. Then a post-college discovery of the joy of craftsmanship coincided with a new job at a community art school and reset the course of his career. The satisfaction achieved from his first properly cut dovetails and the personal enjoyment he has found working with wood enhance his personal and professional life. As a result, Matt has focused his career on exploring the creative process, the joy and personal development that come from learning craft, and how best to provide those opportunities to others.

Matt Hoggle
Matt Hoggle

Gallery Director and Marketing Manager

Victoria Allport has been our Gallery and Marketing Manager since July 2011, when she returned to Maine after twenty years on the west coast. Her extensive background in marketing and fine art management includes working as Assistant Director at the Olga Dollar Gallery in San Francisco, CA and at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, OR. Most recently, she was President of Allport Editions for fifteen years.

Contact: Victoria.Allport@woodschool.org

Victoria Allport Gallery and Marketing Director
Victoria Allport

Student Services Director

Dorrie Butterfield Higbee joined the Center in May 2009. She and her family moved to Maine from Colorado in 2004 to build their home by the sea. Dorrie brings a flare for logistics coordinating and several years of business and personnel management experience to the organization. She holds a B.A. from St. Bonaventure University in New York.

Contact: Dorrie.ButterfieldHigbee@woodschool.org

Dorrie Butterfield Higbee
Dorrie Butterfield Higbee

Development Director

Ellen Dyer joined the Center in 2018. A lifelong Mainer, she has worked extensively in museums, libraries, and archives up and down the coast.  She holds a B.A. from Bowdoin College and an MLIS from Simmons College.

Contact: Ellen.Dyer@woodschool.org

Development Director
Ellen Dyer

Facilities Assistant

Rob Hiza is a furniture maker based in Rockland, Maine. After taking our Furniture Intensive in 2012 he went on to attend North Bennet Street’s furniture making program before exploring the field through a variety of employers, personal work, and commissions. He returned to the Center in 2021 as a Furniture Intensive assistant before joining our staff as the Facilities Assistant.

Contact: Rob.Hiza@woodschool.org

Rob Hiza
Rob Hiza

Facilities Director & Program Manager

Mark Juliana left the world of high tech in 2007 to explore more meaningful work and graduated from our Nine-month Comprehensive in 2008. He returned to Ashland, OR, where he set up a workshop and began to teach locally. In 2011, Mark returned to the Center as a Fellow and, in August of that year, joined our staff, where he serves as an instructor, Facilities Director, and Digital Fabrication Supervisor. When not at the Center, you’ll likely find Mark fly fishing or kayaking (or more likely doing both).

Contact: Mark.Juliana@woodschool.org

Mark Juliana
Mark Juliana

Assistant Facilities Director

Matt McLaughlin is the Center’s Assistant Facilities Director. Following a career in the U.S. Air Force, where he specialized in aircraft mechanics, Matt excelled in our 2017-18 Nine-month Comprehensive and as a summer assistant before coming on staff.

Contact: Matt.McLaughlin@woodschool.org

Matt McLaughlin
Matt McLaughlin

Financial and Operations Manager

Joanne O’Shea joined the Center in February 2021. She previously owned and operated an inn and restaurant on the St. George Peninsula for about a decade, and volunteered with non-profit organizations during that time. She holds a B.S in International Business and a B.A. in French from the University of Colorado.

Contact: Joanne.OShea@woodschool.org

Joanne O'Shea
Joanne O'Shea

Founder

Peter Korn, Rockland, ME

Board of Directors

President
David Ingram, Natick, MA

Vice President
Mark Tresnowski, Chicago, IL

Treasurer
Steve Vela, Woodland Park, CO

Secretary
Joan Welsh, Rockport, ME

 

Wayne Lawrence, Jupiter, FL

Tom Lie-Nielsen, Warren, ME

Chris Lind, Evanston, IL

Tom Maginnis, Pittsburgh, PA

Jake Moritz, San Francisco, CA

Katherine Pope, Falmouth, ME

Asher Rodriquez-Dunn, Rumford, RI

Don Seeley, Tucson, AZ

Meg Weston, Camden, ME

 

Presidents Emeriti
Bob Fippinger, New York, NY

Mark Horowitz, Seattle, WA

Rick Kellogg, Houston, TX

Dick Whittington, Dallas, TX

 

The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, or sexual orientation.